Research Scientist & Taxonomy Coordinator, Phycology Section, Patrick Center for Environmental Research
...tales sunt aquae, qualis terra, per quam fluunt,... (Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia) ...and diatoms are like the waters in which they thrive.
Research Scientist & Taxonomy Coordinator (Diatoms) within the Phycology Section of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (since Sept 1st 2016), Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Head of the Limnology & Phycology Section of the Museo delle Scienze – MUSE (Trento), unpaid leave.] Venia docendi (= University teaching Habilitation; PD Prof ) in Limnology (Phycology), Univ. Innsbruck, Austria (2011). PhD Univ. Innsbruck. MSc Nat. Sc. (1992) & MSc Biology (1990) Univ. Pavia (Italy). 2016: 70 scientific papers on international ISI journals with IF + 19 special issues, book chapters, books. Main current research interests: diatoms, periphyton, bioassessments and monitoring, environmental sciences, phycology, taxonomy, groundwater, environmental change, ecohydrology, biodiversity, springs, water-level fluctuations (WLF), long-term ecological research. Described several diatom species & genera new to science. Organizer and Chair of several diatom-relevant Congresses: Use of algae for monitoring rivers and comparable habitats and International Workshop on Benthic Algal Taxonomy (9thUAMRiCH & InBAT, Trento, June 15-19 2015); 2nd CEDiatoM (Central European Diatomist Meeting, 2008 Trento; 12th Meeting of German speaking diatomists (Trento, 1998). Lead Editor (co-author & main translator) of the updated English edition of the Hofmann et al. (2013) book for the identification of the most common benthic diatoms of Central Europe. Eponymy: Three diatom species named after him (but also one water mite & one copepod).